Top Recruitment Articles This Week

Each week the JobsTheWord team picks its favourite need-to-know, interesting recruitment articles from around the web. This week includes, hiring demands, youth unemployment and big data recruitment.

1: SMEs risking profits by not investing in employees…

According to research by the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT), the lack of under qualified finance staff means that every SME in the UK could have lost an average of £1,277. The research reveals finance and accounting are largely overlooked when it comes to training, and many finance employees juggle financial responsibilities with their main role.

2: Ninety-five per cent of businesses ‘must hire if demand increases’…

Four in ten employers have ‘no capacity’ to take on more work without more staff, and a further 56 per cent have only ‘a little’ capacity, according to the latest JobsOutlook survey by the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC). The latest data shows another month-on-month increase in the number of employers saying they need to take on more staff to meet growing demand. Since August 2014, the proportion of employers with limited or no capacity has increased by five percentage points to 95 per cent, and in the same period the number of employers reporting ‘a fair amount’ of spare capacity has halved from ten per cent in August 2014, to just five per cent in February 2015.

3: The job is not “Done” when it comes to youth unemployment…

Unemployment levels are at the lowest they’ve been in years, some may believe the job is done. However, this is not the truth. Youth unemployment figures have fallen, 13.1 per cent of all UK 16-24 year olds were still unemployed in the fourth quarter of 2014. With this in mind, it’s crucial that the next government acknowledge, and follow through with, the important work that still needs to be done.

4: Professionals would switch jobs for less paperwork…

A recent study released by Adobe finds that 83 per cent of workers feel hampered by outdated ways of working with documents, with 61 per cent of professionals would switch jobs for less paperwork. Adobe surveyed more than 5,000 office professionals across the US, UK, Germany, France and Australia. The findings are detailed in Paper Jam: Why Documents are Dragging Us Down, a new report released today by Adobe (Nasdaq:ADBE) that provides new insights on the attitudes of business professionals toward how work actually gets done.

5: UK could lead the field of big data recruitment…

The Washington Post reported last week that the federal government of the USA surpassed companies such as LinkedIn and Monster in terms of just how much data they hold on people’s professional lives. As a result, the President’s 2016 budget proposal included a $5 million request to study and test approaches to modernise and potentially streamline data collection for O*Net, the Labor Department’s Occupational Information Network Web site, and the closest thing the US has to a standard national data base.

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